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Should Rep. Weiner resign over pictures he sent to women over the internet?
Is it really cheating if its just online?
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If we can show the pictures completely uncensored on daytime cable TV, they're not bad enough to end a career.
I think everyone is overreacting. The guy made a mistake and did something stupid. Guys send pictures of their junk all the time. If the media flipped out every time a guy out a picture of their weiner some where that would be the only thing focused on.
Neither Demo or Repub character is free from scandal. Weiner looked at everyone and blatantly lied. Again and again and again. He should resign immediately. He is not trustworthy, and he should be very disturbed about that character flaw. What partner, parent can trust anyone every after following blatant, arrogant, in-your-face type of lying? Public servant liars need to resign.
He should resign @ once....Not only only is he a pervert,.... but he is unable to make decisions to lead this country....he has embrassed every U.S citizen....
Should Weiner resign? Yes, and I think he should be prosecuted! He says he doesn't think he's violated any laws. Let me remind you, "I'm not sure what a description of pornogrophy is, but I know it when I see it." Let alone the bold face lying.
Why all this talk about Weiner when you ignore Sara Palin's attempt to rewrite history gets no attention. Don't you people think presidential aspirants should have a nodding acquaintance with important events in American history? Or does the right wing scare you as it does FOX?
He should only resign if he has violated the law.
Although very poor judgment, Mr. Weiner is an important fighter and intelligent asset for The House. His feisty style on the floor is unmatched. The New Sources have much more important and critical topics to cover. If Mr Weiner has not violated the law, then let it go. Get on with the budget issues. I'm an Independent.
Yes, he should resign on the basis that he cannot be trusted,he is a liar.
How is it we manage to elect such 'tools" or "weiners" for politicians?
Considering the percentage of politicians in relation to population,You would think there would be very few incidents and scandals.
Unfortunately its the opposite in The USA..Its appears that the dumber people run for political office and the dumbest elect them.
I feel bad for Weiner's wife, but I have absolutely no sympathy for Weiner. He was shedding tears yesterday because he got caught.We can't believe anything that comes out of his lying mouth. Our country is in serious trouble and I see why. Our politicians are too busy cheating, having affairs, sending nude pictures of themselves to young girls. Americans are sick of it. When will it stop? He should do the honorable thing and resign. But he is not honorable. He has broke 2 oaths, one to his wife and the other to the American people. If he had a ounce of decency he would resign.
I don't believe he should resign. I think the embarrassing part of this scandal is that for the last two days so much time has been wasted on something so insignificant. Five US troops were killed, five families' lives were ruined. That, in my opinion deserves much more coverage than Weiner's fetish. He lied to protect his family because of his own stupidity. Most of us would have done the same. What does his internet affairs have to do with his ability to perform his job? Nothing !!!!!!! I think we should be more concerned about our National debt, bonuses paid to CEOs for driving their companies to the ground, unemployment rate. Are we really this bored? Let's concentrate on finding solutions to solve serious economic crisis we are in, not Weiner.
No, he should not resign, he maey have done something dumb, but he must be defended from the right. Citizens United types.
Since when are Bossi and Brietebart consided "mainstream"?
Why give them a platform? Are you becoming a tv wersion of the enquirerer?
Rep. Weiner should not resign because of this internet "scandal". There is no evidence that he broke any laws or committed an acts that were deemed unforgivable by society's norms. It's not like he was alone with one of these girls in his office, with a cigar handy. I'd rather see Congressman who work closely with lobbyists from oil companies, banks, pharmaceutical companies, and health insurance agencies resign.
Although the House of Reps has no specific morals rules it does requrie that any members actions reflect "conduct unbecoming a member." This too is not specific nor offers any examples of "conduct unbecoming of a member." However one would think that most reasonably educated men and woman would, given the evidence, conclude that Weiner's conduct was certainly not appropriate for a Congressional representative. One definition of unbecoming is: " not right or proper: not suitable, especially as not conforming with accepted attitudes or behavior." It seems to me that this alone is sufficient to expel him from the House. Every day the dems allow this continue without Weiner's expulsion or voluntary resignation wil certainly hurt their party in future elections.
If he resigns, then Wall St. Bankers should all be in jail.
I meant to say NOT relfect "conduct unbecoming a member....
It wouldn't surprise me if we find out in a few days that he had sex with some of these women or was blackmailed by them. He lied over & over for over a week. We can not believe anything he says. Can you even imagine him standing on the house floor arguing for something? He has become a joke, a laughing stock. He brought it on himself. He should resign immediately. The world won't end if Weiner resigns.
I don't think that's an easy question to answer. It's not a black and white issue – it's more complex than that. For some, it's just silly play, with little to no emotional context or connection. For others, it's deeper – trying to make an actual connection with someone and has an emotional component.
In Weiner's case: Was he dishonest? Yes. Was it extremely poor judgement on his part? Absolutely. However, unless he texted or emailed those photos to underage females (I'm sorry, but 21, or even 18 in many jurisdictions may be tacky or even creepy, but not illegal) he hasn't committed a crime.
Essentially as far as I'm concerned, this is something Weiner needs to resolve with his wife. He's done his public, weepy Mea Culpa. Continuing to give this silly, immature, distasteful behavior much media attention is silly.
Europeans laugh at us for our obsession with politicians' sex lives.
No Weiner should NOT resign. What he did was personal not professional.
Of course he lied! He didn't want to expose his wife of six months to a media circus. This is hurtful to his wife. As a member of the public, I could care less and it doesn't change my opinion of him as a representative. I respect the fact that he attempted to answer questions after his confession. Exposing stories like this can destory a marriage that would otherwise survive if left private.
If America continue to go after our political leaders because of their private lives (of this nature, i.e. non criminal) we will have a difficult time finding good people to run.
Enough of the Weiner story!
He should step down or be removed from office. How can anyone believe a word he utters after this past week? In all honesty, I don't think anything will come of it. Clinton commited pergury and lied for months. While he was impeached, which doesn't look good for history, he continued to be prez with no real harm to him. Now the talk for Weiner is an ethics investigation. Mr. Rangel from N.Y. was found guilty of a zillion ethics violations. He was "censured" which is supposedly the worst punishment other than being removed from office. Nothing changed and he's still in office with business as usual. When are we gooing to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions? I love the U.S. but I think we're going downhill, and we're being led down that hill by our politicians.
I'm a quasi-public official, and I guess if I sent naked pictures to a willing female acquaintance, i.e., did nothing illegal, I'd be tempted to lie about it as well since just being asked about it is more of an unethical faux pas than doing it. As always, because the public is typically stupid, childish, and has nothing better to do than care about people's private lives, I'd not want to admit doing it. Not because I'd be ashamed of it (I wouldn't) but because the public is stupid. So it makes complete sense to me why he lied about it, and why he shouldn't resign.
I am so tired of hearing about sex scandals. This guy made a very dumb mistake, but there is nothing illegal about what he did. As long as all of the women were legal adults, then no crime has been committed. Yes, he probably embarrassed his wife, and loved ones, but that is for them to work out, not us. Let this guy work out his personal affairs in private, and work on the nations public affairs at work.
This guy is a creep!
I have never been so disgusted by members of our government in my entire life. Not only should he resign, he should be booted out. Is there no ethics clause when you are elected to a public office regarding this sort of activity? Not only will he be able to keep his JOB until HE decides to resign or is elected out of office, he will be able to keep his salary and benefits for the rest of his life (and mine) and we, the American taxpayers will continue to PAY! Just add HIM to the ever growing list, John Edwards, Arnold Schwartzenegger, George Clinton. What these MEN are doing to the morality of this country is sickening!!! And just a little comment for Carolyn Jefferson, one of your commenters, when you sign up to be a PUBLIC SERVANT, which is what holding an elected office USED to be, there should be accountability for your actions. Do you think he was Twittering on his own personal time or were we paying for that too during his business hours???
No, he should not resign. It's not like he was paying prostitutes from a family trust like a certain ex-gov CNN personality, or stealing or hurting anyone. Aren't we all entitled to a second chance? He did try to cover it up, who wouldn't? When it was time, he came out admitted to his human failings and asked for forgiveness. And what is he guilty of? Lying to protect himself and his family and playing around on-line. Anyone who has spent time on websites knows that stuff happens all the time. What 40 or 50 something year old man wouldn't be flattered and play along? As a only too human man once said, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
Anthony Weiner stayed for 45 minutes to answer questions during the worst time of his life? He could have left. This shows he has some balls, and we've seen he has the rest.
He should stay.
Why is America afraid of sex?
Why does CNN focus more on the commentary that criticizes Weiner?
Prove me wrong!
I think what is missing the the commentary of this, and all the other sexual misconducts of our politicians, is that they made SERIOUSLY BAD DECISIONS. It is shocking to me that these people think they are capable of being our leaders and decision-makers in our US Government!
The reports seem to put the emphasis on the DECISION to lie. How about the DECISION to commit the misconduct? Taken a step further, it would appear that the criminal who tells the truth about a crime is not as bad as one who lies about committing a criminal act. Is that really what we think? NO.
Mr Weiner's statement that he commited no crime may be true. Whether it is a crime or not is not the issue. Mr Weiner's lack of decision-making abilities should be the focus of his constituents.
He, as well as any other politician who makes such a poor, poor decision, should admit to their lack of ability to make decisions for the United States. He should gracefully resign and try to work on his character.
Wiener and Edwards both claim not to have broken any laws, but they're involved with writing the laws (so they should know). Maybe the people should be allowed to vote on these bills before they become laws.
Stupid? yes. Regretable? fo sho. Any of our buisness? Not really. What goes on in a marriage is up to the people in that marriage, and we have no place judging that. While Weiner made a dumb mistake and should have known better, he didn't do anything that millions of americans aren't doing every day. And that includes lying about it. Maybe if we didn't have such unrealistic standards for our politicians he wouldn't have felt he had to lie – we all know that fessing up meant he could probably kiss his career goodbye.
We forget in this country that politicians are not priests, so why are we holding them up to such standards. they are just men, who often don't lead with their rational minds when it comes to sexuality. wiener was just thinking with his wiener. let him stand on his congressional record wether he is a republican or democrat. And why aren't the press going after the wall street giants who have collapsed this economy?????Grow up press!
I in no way condone any unfaithful act by married people. However a person's private life is just that, as long as it doesn't victimize anyone, especially a child. All politicians have committed some type of unethical act at some point in life. My question is how is it everyone is attacking Weiner to the degree that they are, yet so easily forgave Clinton who did far worse in a higher position that should have been less tolerable. And his wife holds office as well. What is really considered unethical? Is it based on the act or the person? I think he should be able to keep his position and let the people decide @ the next scheduled election... "For the People & by the People" is what it's about right?
I like a little weiner
Surprise, surprise, it was Anthony's weiner! I hear he willing to " take full responsibility" for his actions, but he's not willing to suffer the consequences of his actions. (Sounds like emotional immaturity, what got him into this mess to begin with) Those who think he did nothing wrong, haven't asked his wife how she feels about it, have never heard of personal integrity or are perverts themselves. I know better than to tweet semi nude pictures of myself and I CERTAINLY expect The Peoples' Representatives to display the same level of emotional maturity. He should resign.
The only wrong committed by Weiner was that he lied. The fact that he engaged in what millions of women and men are practicing all over the country is an issue only with the bible belt thumpers (save Fallwell and Baker). The last time I looked sexting was not a crime.
When David Vitters and others who have committed adultry step down, then, and only then would I suggest Weiner think about resigning.
Rep. Weiner did something terrible. It is scandalous. He is obviously embarrassed.
I am not condoning what he did. He lied to cover-up his actions. Who has he really offended? Only himself and his wife and no one else. If he cheated is that any reason for him to resign? This is between he and his wife. It is their business and no one else.
If he did this privately, on his home computer and blackberry, I do not see why he should resign.
Let us be fair and just. It is a hypocritical world. Some people's sins are accepted and others are not.
It is a scandal that two men and two women enter into a relationship and worst as well to get married. Yet, many Americans of all have accepted it, approved of it, condone and applaud it. They unashamedly even flaunt it over the airwaves and wherever else. These people have caused a scandal. They are scandalous. If some of them, as politicians in Congress and in the Senate are gays and lesbians, they too should resign. It should be illegal that people of the same sex marry. These are not people I would want to represent me. Who knows, one day one of them may become the U.S. President. God help America and moral Americans for that matter.
Otherwise leave Rep. Weiner alone! He is a good politician. Allow him to perform his duty. Many of you are no better than him.
So you have one law for some and another law for another. Know also that people who marry and get divorced and re-marry are committing adultery while their partners are alive. Divorce does not cancel their first marriage. They made a vow and did not fulfill the vow; were not faithful to their vows.
In the future, sooner or later, none of you know in what situation you will find yourself in. Therefore show compassion for Rep. Weiner.
That picture shows less than a Speedo. Reminds me of an old Sears catalog underwear shot. We have terrible problems in the US that need to be addressed. This fake scandal is deplorable in that it is such a distraction. I don't blame Weiner at all. His behavior is a bit sophomoric but when you have a job as high powered as his, I imagine it's relaxing to revert to adolescent fantasies occasionally. He should not have lied but who wouldn't when a career can be ruined over something so trivial?
I'm personally sick of the American sexual mentality. The residues of Puritanism have somehow regenerated in an even uglier form than the original. But I'm old now, and have ceased to hope for any enlightenment in my lifetime. The joy of sex has turned into the smirk of smearing.
Congressman Weiner messed up. He now has to deal with all of the fallout of those actions.
The state of his marriage is between his wife and himself.
The state of his position is between those he represents and himself.
He has admitted his transgressions, accepted the consequences that may follow, apologized to pretty much the entire world for his actions and his attempted cover-up.
Here is what concerns me. Unless there are future, substantial developments in the matter then it should really be dropped and let those in the positions to deal with it do so.
I listened to Dr. Drew on CNN say yesterday that one of his primary concerns is that people in this kind of intense situation can very easily resort to suicide.
Is that what the media is pursuing? To see if they can push him over the edge? Is the collective media ready to assume their part in that if it comes to fruition?
I love CNN. I respect CNN. That being said, I would implore you to not sink to the standards of so many other media venues by assisting in pushing this human being to the edge. Set the standard. If it's no longer newsworthy at this time, and this isn't, then drop it and pick one of the other hundreds of truly newsworthy situations in the world to spend the air time on.
He has a full plate. Let him deal with it and then revisit the situation and report on the progress at a later time. Any human being deserves that and I would think that his wife, who is beloved by many and innocent in the whole mess, certainly deserves that.
Thank you for your time and attention.
It is absolutely cheating. I can't tell you the number of old boyfriends, who are now married, who think its okay to flirt and talk dirty on email or IM. While I don't think you have to tell your spouse EVERYTHING, I do think that if it's something that turns you on, makes you blush or gives you stuff to fantasize about later...its probably cheating!
PLEASE...PLEASE....ENOUGH ABOUT WEINER...is this the news we should be spending so much time on. He screwed up and he will pay, one way or another. Lets stop disecting this screwup.
Wiener over what boils down to consensual phone sex. He has NOT committed an assault. He has NOT hollered about how bad gay people are, then tried to pick up a man in a bathroom. He has NOT used taxpayer money to fly to Argentina for a week to see his mistress.He has NOT fathered a child by the maid. All he has done is foolish exhibitionism. He's no doubt hurt his new wife's feelings but that's between them and whatever Dr. Phil they choose for therapy. Enough, already! Let's get back to debating issues–remember them!? Or is getting to use Wiener jokes in the headlines just too much of a prepubescent joy to resist?
My opinion all members of congress if caught in this type of scandal should automatically be dismissed from their position. Don't waste time on ethics committee hearings. It is obvious from their actions where their ethics stand. Dismiss them immediately, no salary, no pension, no extras, no HEALTH INSURANCE, no nothing!!! Kick them out, clean out the office and don't give them a pat on the back as they walk out the door!! Wake up AMERICA. No wonder this country is going down the tubes. We have a group of perverts who have no idea what is going on in this country. They are too busy trying to get sex at airports, taking pictures of private parts to send over the internet and we don't take immediate action to get them to the curb. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!
The simple fact we can't even agree on whether what he did was wrong or not, shows the weakness of our nation. Thirty years ago the answer would be obvious to everyone. No more black and white. No more right and wrong. Do what is right for you. Lie, cheat, and steal. Let the victims deal with it. As long as my constitutional right to be a pervert and a liar are protected then all is well. Sick! Weiner"s mom should get the belt out and get to the root of the problem. Bet she never did when he was a kid.
weiner has betrayed the trust of his family, friends and constituents. he is an embarrassment to the congress, has no honor or integrity. he has fully and consistently demonstrated that he cannot be trusted.
He should resign. But so should David Vitter who solicited prostitutes 5 times (broke the law) and even did so twice from the Senate floor while he was waiting to vote!!!
Pelosi should tell Weiner to resign. If she won't do it, the leader of the house should ask him to resign, and he chooses not to resign an open hearing will be held with all his activities online and any other misdeeds that come up in the mean time. If Congress won't do the above suggestions, then, they are compromised and afaird to be exposed. McD
Weiner SHOULD NOT RESIGN.
I'm an independent CHRISTIAN from IOWA. Since he didn't (I understand) use company (GOV) property. THIS IS NOT LIKE having sex with INTERNS who are in GOVERNMENT EMPLOY. Stupid, yes. BUT if his wife and people who elected him are okay with this, let them deal with it.
The problem with B. Clinton, et al is that they BROKE THE LAW of intimidation and descrimination and harrassment.
This is a matter between his wife and his constituency.
When did the US become the morality patrol? The US has BIGGER PROBLEMS than who flashed their privates around.
He needs to quit. We do not need to waste money on Weiner's privates or publics now. He needs to go to time-out for about 30 years and there will be little reason to do it again.
So we finally have a human in congress. Wow who has not put something stupid on the internet. If President Clinton can get away with cheating on his wife in the Oval Office then why punish Weiner for just sending pics? This is just another ploy to screw someones life.
I think this goes beyond morality in the sexual sense though I believe there has to be standards of ethics set and obeyed. It's about lying and trust. A poll said that a higher percentage of people in his district wanted him to stay. I guess if he was just voting on laws and items that just pertained to his district I say no problem. But he votes on items that cover all the country and considering my taxes go to paying there salaries I figure everyone has a vote on this one. They are human, but they took an oath as all Government employees do. Republican or Democrat, congressmen or Presidents don't matter to me, if they want to sextext, pay for hookers,fool around with interns, skip from paying taxes, get bribes for votes,use tax payers money to get favors whatever and they get caught they should be kicked out.
But I have feeling might get more done with less of them in Washington
Weiner should not resign unless his constituency demonstrates they no longer trust his positions, acumen, and hard work to accomplish what they want from him. Making a personal mistake doesn't render Weiner incompetent to do his job. It doesn't question his knowledge, expertise, experience, and political job. It only makes him one of too many people in power who make such humiliating and dumb mistakes and get caught.
People lie about sex. People lie about doing something stupid and embarrassing, especially when it is exposed (no pun intended). It's normal, natural, and expected. Whether virtual sex is really "cheating" is for each individual and each couple affected to determine emotionally and morally for themselves. Cheating is usually considered to be an act of two people together at the same time in the same place. But how do you define "cyber togetherness"?
Cybersex is very common because it is very seductive. If feels like "I'm just lusting in my heart," having great fantasies, and getting titillated but it's all hapening in the "privacy" of my computer. with people I don't really know but choose to trust. There's almost nothing safe, secure, or private about social media.
However, since there is now an "ethical investigation" political football, any Congress member who has been perceived to commit some sexual indiscretion should be equally ethically investigated. I suspect that there will be a lot of people, with David Vitter leading the list., who'll need to step forward But unless the sexual indiscretion is criminal, why should we and the 24/7 media waste our time and money to even pay attention to it? Answer: Partisan political spin.
No, Weiner should not resign from office unless his constituency overwhelmingly demonstrates it has lost faith and trust in him as a savvy political leader who follows their desires and beliefs. What he did was stupid, embarrassing, and very human.
The number of people from all walks of life who participate in cybersex is increasing rapidly. The reason is that it feels like a fantasy you can act on indirectly. It has fewer complications and avoids disease and pregnancies while creating titillation, feelings of closeness, and someone finding you attractive and caring.
What' is particularly seductive is that it feels private, safe, and secure and you can do or try just about anything you want since you are only interacting vitutally.
Is cybersex "cheating"? Cheating is in the eye and emotions of the beholder. Only the two real-life people can determine if one partner's cyber-sexual exploits are indicative of disloyalty or unfaithfulness. Yes, this was a "sexual indiscretion" because it was exposed (excuse the pun). The question is was the sexual activity criminal.
If the Congressional ethical committee is going to investigate Weiner, it should not discriminate but go after all the other revealed sexual indescretions, such as those of David Vitter. However, it think this is and has been a great waste of time, effort, and 24/7 media coverage when there are so many more relevant, pressing, and important issues and events to coverYou can leave it to politicians to find ways to continue the spin for their own purposes..
Video clip just shown of Rep. Weiner going to an ATM where a woman strongly voiced her support for him in front of all the reporters looked like it was staged. Wouldn't surprise me if he's still trying to spin this scandal.
First, we need are sorely in need of individuals in public service who are smart enough and together enough to NOT exhibit this kind of behavior. Period. The incessant debate in the "news" on this subject is ridiculous. Mr. Wiener has demonstrated a fundamental lack of judegement that has become a matter of public record. You cannot unring the bell. It is time for him to move on.
Secondly, what is this rdiculous discussion about his "seeking treatment"?!?! Enough is enough. This "treament " excuse is "played out". Sometimes stupid is just stupid, and people are just idiots. There is no treatment for being and idiot.
Weiner should resign immediately, IF: asked to do so by any member of The House or his district that is perfect and who has committed no sin. He should not resign because he has offended the media, hypocrites, and people who object to him because he is democrat. At some point, we have to stop being seduced by sensationalism merely because its easier than dealing with tough or more relevant difficult issues. Why is the media not judging Weiner on his congressional record? Not news I guess?
The question should be WHY he should resign..... Why? ...because he is dishonest
So now he has given in to the "Moral Majority" and resigned, as others before him have done. The "puritanical" element wins again. *sigh* When are we as Americans collectively going to grow up and accept sexuality (and I include sexting in that category) as a normal human behavior? I have said this before (in other blogs) and I will here repeat myself: we will never fully mature as a species until we accept sexuality *in all its forms* as a part of being human, when there are no longer any "improprieties" or "crimes" associated with sex, because nothing sexual should be considered improper nor criminal.
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